A few years ago I spent some time living in Blackburn, and my house was a mile or so away from this huge gas holder. To be honest I never really noticed it. I mean, I knew it was there, but it was just part of the local landscape.
I’ve no particular interest in gas holders as such but I spent a day with a friend who has an interest in them, and as we were passing Blackburn, I pulled off the M65 to have a look to see if it was still there. Indeed it was, albeit looking a bit run down and tatty now.
National Grid, who look after the gas delivery infrastructure, are slowly demolishing the nations gasholders as they are no longer needed. Some are listed, so will be preserved, but the majority will be cleared away.
So here’s a photograph for posterity really, as it’s a part of our ever-changing urban landscape that will soon be gone forever.
An interesting article on the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30405066